Some people visit Italy for its sparkling coastline, others for its rolling vineyard-littered hills. Little do they know that there’s a beauty spot right on the heel of Italy’s boot that offers the best of both worlds. I’ve seen the Seven Hills of Rome and sampled wine in Tuscany’s neighbouring region of Umbria, but I’d never heard of Puglia before, let alone considered it as a holiday destination.
Puglia cropped up completely out of the blue, recommended as a haven for walkers, cyclists, history buffs and sunbathers.
Also known as Apulia here in the UK, it’s a hotspot for Italian tourists seeking out a week of sun, sea and sand on home soil during the summer. It’s the producer of famous red wine primitivo, but,
on the whole, Puglia is still a region relatively undiscovered by holidaymakers.
The only exception is the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to hundreds of whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. The “trulli”, as they’re named, date back to the 1500s when tax-dodging local rulers made peasants build dwellings without mortar, which could be torn down in the event of a royal inspection. Two hundred years later, the King made Alberobello a “royal” town and the local rulers lost their power. These days the trulli are used as restaurants, souvenir shops and accommodation for visitors from far and wide. It’s a must-see, despite the madding crowds, but turn up early in the morning and there will be plenty of…
read more: www.express.co.uk